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Without a nearby public washroom, where is there to go?

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Urinals were not the first things on my mind Tuesday morning.

But the night before I had read a New Yorker magazine article in which the great John McPhee conceded that, at age nine or 10, while growing up in Princeton, N.J., where his father was the physician at Princeton University’s athletic department, he knew were every urinal was on the university campus.

“They are among my earliest memories,” wrote the non-fiction giant. “There were so many of them that they also represent the greatest sources of instant gratification that I have ever known.”

Recently, as well, I listened to Ronan Farrow’s Catch and Kill Podcast. In Episode 1 we meet a private eye named Igor Ostrovskly, who spills a few tricks of his shadowy trade like how to tail people, and how to find a clean bathroom in New York, a necessity while performing the first task for extended periods of time.

Ostrovskly learned that the best place to find a decent latrine in NYC is a high-priced restaurant or hotel.

“You walk up to the bar and you ask the bartender where can I wash my hands, and what are........

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